Mahidol University takes its name from Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the Royal Father of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning monarch of Thailand. A doctor and public health specialist, Prince Mahidol was vital in promoting medical and scientific training and improving the state of medicine in Thailand in the early 1900s, establishing international training scholarships and founding training schools in various medical fields. He is universally known as "The Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health in Thailand".
In recognition of Prince Mahidol's great efforts in medicine, the University of Medical Sciences - the country's first institution of higher learning and foremost institution of medical training - was graciously renamed "Mahidol University" by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969.
Mahidol University profile. Nakhon Pathom : International Relations Division, Mahidol University, 2001